“a cooperative project by former homeschoolers. We are an inclusive community interested in sharing our experiences growing up in the conservative, Christian homeschooling subculture. From the Quiverfull movement to the betrothal/courtship mentality to Generation Joshua and the dominionist attitudes of HSLDA, we are survivors. And we are standing together to make our voices heard. We want the world to hear our stories and we want to give hope to those who are still immersed in that world. There is a way to break free and be yourself.”
We are starting to see a wave of former homeschoolers who are now in their 20’s and 30’s. And it is important to hear their stories, both positive and negative. In the same way that we can grant that abuse happens in church environments without necessarily rejecting the concept of churches, we should also try to understand how abuse can happen in homeschooling environments without necessarily rejecting homeschooling itself.
Certain ideologies and practices within conservative Christian subcultures can indeed — and have many times — led to emotional, mental, physical, and even sexual abuse. Our response should be to listen with an open mind and heart and learn from past mistakes so that we can do better in the future.
Read HA’s news release here: “Former homeschoolers rally against abuse”